$625 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE At the UN General Assembly, President Biden made it clear yet again that we will support the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes.  Recent developments from Russia’s sham referenda and attempted annexation to new revelations of brutality against civilians in Ukrainian territory formerly controlled by Russia only strengthens our resolve.  United with our Allies and partners from 50 nations, we are delivering ...
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Russia’s efforts to annex parts of Ukraine denounced worldwide

Countries worldwide rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to annex Ukrainian territories following sham referendums Russia orchestrated in four regions in  Ukraine . “The United States does not,  and will never , recognize any of the Kremlin’s claims to sovereignty over parts of Ukraine that it’s seized by force and now purports to incorporate into Russia,” Secretary of State ...
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Statement from President Biden on Russia’s Attempts to Annex Ukrainian Territory

The United States condemns Russia’s fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory. Russia is violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere. Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy. The United States will always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders. We will continue to support ...
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Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Kremlin’s sham referenda are a futile effort to mask what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine.  To be clear: the results were orchestrated in Moscow and do not reflect the will of the people of Ukraine.  The United States does not, ...
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America’s unwavering support for nuclear nonproliferation

By Dave Reynolds For more than 50 years, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has helped prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, enabled progress on disarmament, and allowed peaceful nuclear technologies to contribute to global sustainable development. The United States is committed to upholding this landmark treaty, one that is never more important than ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Meeting on Ukrainian Sovereignty and Russian Accountability

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK, NEW YORK SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Madam President, for having brought this council together at this very grave moment of the crisis of the war of Russia on Ukraine. (In English) Mr. Secretary General, thank you for your determination and the ...
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The Moscow Mechanism Report on Russia’s Failure to Fulfill its Human Dimension Commitments

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States and 37 other countries invoked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Moscow Mechanism on July 28 to examine the Russia’s adherence to its OSCE Human Dimension commitments on human rights and fundamental freedoms.  In the report released today in Vienna, the expert mission ...
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The Kremlin’s Troop Mobilization

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Putin’s call to partially mobilize Russian citizens, directing them to fight in Ukraine, reflects the Kremlin’s struggles on the battlefield, the unpopularity of the war, and Russians’ unwillingness to fight in it. President Putin is not operating from a position of strength; rather, this is another ...
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Welcoming Prisoner Exchanges in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the negotiated prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, which includes two U.S. citizens captured while serving in Ukraine’s military.  The United States is appreciative of Ukraine including all prisoners of war, regardless of nationality, in its negotiations, and we look forward to these ...
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Report details Russia’s damage to Ukrainian crop storage

Russia’s military has damaged, destroyed or taken control of nearly 16% of Ukraine’s grain storage facilities since the latest invasion began in February, a new analysis shows. That translates to one in six facilities in  Ukraine  that store wheat, barley, sunflowers and other staples that typically would have fed a significant portion of the world before ...
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Targeting Russia’s Senior Officials, Defense Industrial Base, Financial Infrastructure Leaders, and Human Rights Abusers

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States continues to hold the Russian government to account for its war against Ukraine.  Today, we are taking actions against major Russian defense entities, key advanced-technology firms that support Russia’s defense industrial base, and financial infrastructure.  We are also taking actions against a Russian military ...
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Targeting Russia’s Senior Officials, Defense Industrial Base, and Human Rights Abusers – Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The Department of State is taking additional actions to impose cost on Russia for its heinous aggression against Ukraine. Today’s actions also further align with those taken by our allies and partners. RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MAXIM STANISLAVOVICH ORESHKIN is being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024 Section 1(a)(iii)(A) because he is a leader, ...
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Documenting Russia’s Destructive Impact on Food Storage in Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON President Putin’s unjustified war against Ukraine puts millions around the globe at risk of increasing food insecurity. The Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters of food, has led to the damage or outright destruction of many of Ukraine’s arterial roads, railways, ports, and food storage facilities that are ...
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$600 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Together with our Allies and partners, we are delivering the arms and equipment that Ukraine’s forces are utilizing so effectively as they continue their successful counter-offensive against Russia’s invasion.  President Biden has been clear we will support the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes. ...
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Exposing human rights abuses associated with Russia’s filtration operations in Ukraine

By  Noelani Kirschner “Filtered. The word does not begin to convey the horror and the depravity of these pre-meditated policies,” said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a September 7  U.N. Security Council Meeting . Thomas-Greenfield detailed for the council the numerous mounting and credible reports of the Russian government’s filtration sites in parts of eastern Ukraine that ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a Joint Press Availability

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium NATO Headquarters MODERATOR:  Good afternoon. The Secretary General and the Secretary of State will make introductory remarks, and then they’ll be happy to take a few questions.  Secretary General. SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG:  Secretary Blinken, dear Tony, welcome back to NATO.  It’s always great to see you here and thank ...
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Kremlin plans sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine

The Kremlin is orchestrating sham referendums in parts of  Ukraine currently under its military control in a bid to legitimize Russia’s hold on these territories. Moscow is rolling out the same playbook it used in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea and forcibly seized parts of eastern Ukraine. As it did in 2014 in Crimea, Russia has installed pro-Putin ...
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Faces of Kremlin propaganda: Margarita Simonyan

This article is part of a series describing major players in the Russian government’s  disinformation  campaigns. You also can learn about broadcaster  Vladimir Solovyov  and  Dimitri Peskov , spokesman for Vladimir Putin. To succeed in Russia’s state media environment, individuals need to promote the Kremlin line. Margarita Simonyan learned that lesson at a young age. As a reporter covering the ...
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Report: Russia’s filtration operations violate international humanitarian law

By Noelani Kirschner The Russian government is potentially engaging in torture and forced labor at filtration areas in eastern Ukraine, according to a new  report from Yale’s Humanitarian Research Lab . Satellite imagery also indicates the potential presence of graves at one facility. The report used open-source data cross-referenced against recent high-resolution satellite imagery. Only sites whose location and activities had been corroborated ...
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Arrival of Wheat-Carrying Brave Commander to East Africa from Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the arrival in Djibouti of 23,300 metric tons of Ukrainian grain aboard the ship Brave Commander. This grain will be distributed within Ethiopia and Somalia, countries that are dangerously food insecure after four years of drought. The United States is grateful for the important ...
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Famed U.S. ‘Nazi hunter’ now investigates war crimes in Ukraine

Prosecuting war crimes takes diligence and patience, and those traits are essential to bringing offenders to justice. Eli Rosenbaum has spent decades investigating and prosecuting Nazi war criminals at the U.S. Department of Justice. Today he is coordinating the Justice Department’s efforts — and working alongside other federal agencies — to hold accountable those responsible ...
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Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine: Recent Reporting and the Commitment of Additional Funding

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The U.S. Department of State-supported Conflict Observatory program released a report today that includes evidence of Russia-perpetrated filtration operations in, and forced deportations from, Ukraine. The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians and constitutes a war crime. We ...
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The Kremlin’s Illegitimate Tribunals in Mariupol

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON By planning to hold so-called “tribunals” in Russia-controlled Mariupol against Ukraine’s brave defenders, the Kremlin is attempting to deflect responsibility for President Putin’s war of aggression and distract from overwhelming evidence of the atrocities Russian forces have committed in Ukraine.The planned show trials are illegitimate and a mockery of ...
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Russia’s War on Ukraine: Six Months of Lies, Implemented

“Everyday we fight so that everyone on the planet finally understands: we are not a colony, not an enclave, not a protectorate. Not a gubernia, an eyalet or a crown land, not a piece of a foreign empire, not a ‘part of the land’, not a union republic. Not an autonomous zone, not a province, ...
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Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine at 6 months

On a day that should be devoted to cherishing their freedoms, Ukrainians must celebrate their independence while fighting back against an unprovoked invasion. Ukraine celebrates its national independence day August 24, just as Russia’s full-scale invasion reaches a grim six-month milestone. In 1991, Ukraine voted for independence from the former Soviet Union. Three decades later, the nation ...
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Second Anniversary of the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Two years ago today, officers of the Russian government attempted to assassinate opposition leader Aleksey Navalny with a nerve agent on Russian soil.  When Mr. Navalny survived the brazen attack and bravely returned to Russia after recovering abroad, the Kremlin shamelessly imprisoned him on politically motivated charges.  We again ...
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$775 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As we approach the six-month mark of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal full-scale war against Ukraine, President Putin’s forces continue their assault, inflicting grievous harm on civilians and causing massive destruction of civilian infrastructure.  President Biden has been clear that we will continue to support the people of Ukraine ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on continued U.S. support for Ukraine’s defense needs, as well as Ukraine’s plans for the second Crimea Platform summit on August 23 and its Independence Day on August 24. The Secretary updated ...
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International sanctions are working: Russia feels economic pressure

Business withdrawals and sanctions imposed in response to President Vladimir Putin’s unjust war in Ukraine are profoundly weakening Russia’s economy, despite Putin’s claims and the Kremlin’s economic statistics stating otherwise. More than 30 countries have imposed sanctions  against Russia, cutting energy imports, blocking financial transactions and halting shipments of key imports, such as semiconductors and other electronics. As a result, over 1,000 ...
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Russia continues its quest to erase Ukraine’s culture, identity

The Kremlin is  attempting to erase Ukraine’s culture , history and identity in cities where its forces have advanced through bombing and targeted attacks. Russian President Vladimir Putin and senior Russian officials continue to spread  disinformation , claiming that Ukraine is part of Russia, and they seek to remove all symbols of Ukrainian culture forcibly. “Vladimir Putin is waging a war of aggression ...
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Imposing Additional Costs on Russia for its Continued War against Ukraine

Office of the SpokespersonThe United States is committed to working alongside our allies and partners to further impose severe consequences on President Putin and his enablers for Russia’s unconscionable war against Ukraine.VISA RESTRICTIONSThe Department of State is announcing a series of actions to promote accountability for actions by Russian Federation officials and others that implicate ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone yesterday with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to express his condolences over the deaths of over 50 Ukrainian detainees in Russia-controlled Donetsk yesterday morning.  The Secretary reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to hold Russia accountable for atrocities committed ...
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Targeting Russia’s Global Malign Influence Operations and Election Interference Activities

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Russian Federation has demonstrated determination in its attempts to undermine the democratic processes and institutions essential to the functioning of our democracy and that of other countries.  It is crucial for our democracy, and democracies around the globe, to hold free and fair elections without malign ...
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America’s unwavering support for nuclear nonproliferation

  By Dave Reynolds For more than 50 years, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has helped prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, enabled progress on disarmament, and allowed peaceful nuclear technologies to contribute to global sustainable development. The United States is committed to upholding this landmark treaty, one that is never more important than ...
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Putin’s latest crackdown on dissent and information

Russians who dare to speak out publicly against the war in  Ukraine  face long prison terms. Alexei Gorinov, a municipal deputy in Moscow, received a seven-year prison sentence July 8 for “spreading false information” about the Russian military. His crime? Gorinov called for “stopping the war and withdrawing Russian troops from Ukraine’s territory” during a March ...
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The United States Strongly Condemns the Russian Missile Attack Against Odesa

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns the Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian port of Odesa today. Just 24 hours after finalizing a deal to allow the resumption of Ukrainian agricultural exports through the Black Sea, Russia breached its commitments by attacking the historic port from which grain ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  The Secretary expressed his appreciation for Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska’s trip to Washington, D.C. this week, noting that her visit offered an important opportunity to recognize the human cost of Russia’s ...
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The people of Ukraine inspire the world as they defend their country and their freedom in the face of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression. The United States continues to stand with Allies and partners from more than 50 countries in providing vital security assistance to support Ukraine’s ...
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Quadrilateral Deal for Safe Passage of Agricultural Goods on the Black Sea

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United Nations, the Republic of Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia have committed to a plan for resuming Ukrainian exports through the Black Sea and getting millions of tons of Ukrainian grain to those who need it around the world. The United States welcomes this deal and commends UN Secretary-General Guterres and Turkish President Erdoğan for their committed diplomatic efforts ...
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Heroes in the worldwide fight against human trafficking

Human traffickers continued to exploit vulnerable and marginalized communities in 2021 and 2022, according to the latest  U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report , released July 19. “The scale of this problem is vast,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken,  announcing the report’s findings July 19 at the State Department,  noting that nearly 25 million people are currently victims of trafficking. “The United States is committed to fighting it because trafficking ...
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U.S. humanitarian aid to Ukraine tops $1 billion

The U.S. government has provided more than  $1.28 billon  (PDF, 351KB) in humanitarian assistance to help the people of  Ukraine  since Russia’s full-scale invasion began February 24. The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 6.3 million people within Ukraine and forced more than  5.8 million  to  flee to neighboring countries . This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International ...
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Department Press Briefing

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MR PRICE: It’s a little more temperate today. Just one element at the top and then we’ll turn to your questions. As I think you all know, the European Council extended Georgia a European prospective status, along with a roadmap of reforms that must be implemented for Georgia to achieve full candidate status. We know the ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Gavrilita

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita in Washington, DC. Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Gavrilita discussed continued U.S. assistance to support Moldova’s democratic reform agenda, energy security, and its humanitarian response to Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. The ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE TREATY ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  It’s a real pleasure to welcome the prime minister of Moldova here to the State Department.  The United States is, in fact, trying to return a little bit of the hospitality of the prime minister and the president showed me in ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with European External Action Service Secretary General Sannino

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman spoke today with European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino to continue their close coordination on a wide range of global challenges, including on supporting Ukraine and holding Russia accountable for its brutal and unprovoked war. The Deputy Secretary and ...
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Some Russian soldiers refuse to fight

For many Russian soldiers, the war in  Ukraine is one they don’t want to fight. Some troops are refusing orders, walking away from military bases or crossing the border into Ukraine and switching sides, media reports show. Albert Sakhibgareev was sent near the Ukrainian border in early February for “training exercises,” the Wall Street Journal reported in June. ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting With Ukraine’s First Lady Zelenska

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary emphasized the United States’ comprehensive and enduring commitment to support Ukraine’s victory in Russia’s unjust and unprovoked war.  The Secretary and First Lady Zelenska spoke about the ...
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OSCE Releases the Second Expert Mission Report on Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations in Russia’s War Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON With Ukraine’s assent, the United States and 44 other countries invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism for a second time on June 2, establishing an expert mission to examine the further human rights abuses and humanitarian impacts of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. In the report released at today’s ...
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EU Sanctions on Russia and Shipments To and From Kaliningrad

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We welcome the announcement by the EU making clear how its member states will implement economic sanctions on Russia with respect to Kaliningrad. We appreciate the unprecedented economic measures that our Allies and partners, including Lithuania, have joined us in taking against Russia for its unprovoked war against Ukraine. ...
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Protecting Ukraine’s internet access and critical data

By  Leigh Hartman The U.S. government and private sector are providing critical cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine, helping the country stay online during Russia’s brutal and unjust war. The Kremlin’s further invasion of Ukraine has used information warfare tactics, including cyberattacks on core infrastructure and  dissemination of disinformation  through state-sponsored malign networks, as well as mass disruption of internet service, according ...
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Russia’s “Filtration” Operations, Forced Disappearances, and Mass Deportations of Ukrainian Citizens 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the eve of the Ukraine Accountability Conference, the United States calls on Russia to immediately halt its systematic “filtration” operations and forced deportations in Russian-controlled and held areas of Ukraine.  The unlawful transfer and deportation of protected persons is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Belgian Secretary General Gentzis

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Belgian Secretary General Theodora Gentzis today in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Secretary General Gentzis discussed the importance of close cooperation to support Ukraine in defending itself against Russia’s unjustified aggression, including continuing our joint efforts ...
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$400 million in New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Ukrainian people continue to courageously defend their nation in the face of Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked invasion. The United States salutes their bravery, and we will stand by them as long as it takes. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our fifteenth ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  They discussed the upcoming G20 Foreign Minister meeting in Bali and the outcomes from the G7 and NATO summits, which underscored firm Allied and partner resolve to support Ukraine as it defends ...
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How the Kremlin spreads disinformation in Africa

When the Kremlin wants to gain influence in Africa or support a repressive leader without scrutiny, it often works with key oligarchs aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Kremlin favorite is Yevgeniy Prigozhin, known as “Putin’s chef” because of his numerous catering contracts with the Kremlin. Prigozhin is best known for financing the Internet ...
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Second Statement on Russia’s War on Ukraine & International Sport

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was agreed upon by the ministers of sport or their equivalent from the countries and individuals listed at the bottom of the statement. Begin text: Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war of choice against Ukraine, facilitated by the Belarusian government, is abhorrent and a flagrant breach of its international ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with German State Secretary Michaelis

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with German State Secretary Andreas Michaelis today in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and State Secretary Michaelis reaffirmed their support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s brutal aggression.  The two discussed ways to partner on combatting global food ...
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Putin’s destruction of Ukrainian farms

Ukrainian farmers like Anatolii Kulibaba of Bilka struggle with tragedy following Russia’s full-scale invasion. A Russian military bombing killed his 45-year-old son and Russian troops  occupied his farm , leaving much of it in ruins. “My fields were destroyed by the shelling,” Kulibaba told NPR. Satellite imagery  from Maxar Technology released in early June shows the damage from Vladimir Putin’s war ...
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Beijing echoes Kremlin’s disinformation on Ukraine

By Leigh Hartman The People’s Republic of China claims neutrality on Russia’s war against Ukraine. Yet, according to the State Department’s Global Engagement Center,  PRC and Chinese Communist Party officials and state-run media repeat Kremlin disinformation  about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine and the atrocities committed by Russia’s forces. On February 4, 20 days before Putin’s war began, PRC President  Xi Jinping and Putin declared  the friendship between their countries to have ...
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Kremlin pressures more Russian media outlets into silence

By Leigh Hartman Factual, objective reporting in President Vladimir Putin’s Russian Federation has long been risky. But after Russia’s February 24 full-scale invasion of Ukraine, journalists and citizens in Russia now face lengthy prison terms for accurately covering or protesting the war. Pressure from the Kremlin’s media monitoring agency Roskomnadzor caused the independent newspaper  Novaya Gazeta to suspend operations  in late March. ...
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The Russian military’s history of atrocities

By Leigh Hartman Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces in Ukraine have destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, shopping centers and ambulances, leaving thousands of civilians killed or wounded. Mounting evidence indicates that the Russian Federation’s forces are torturing and killing civilians in the cities they capture. After Russia’s forces withdrew from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, city officials ...
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D-Day anniversary prompts reflection

By Lauren Monsen June 6, 2022, marks the 78th anniversary of D-Day, when the largest amphibious military operation of modern times landed 156,000 Allied soldiers by sea and air on five beachheads in Normandy, France.  D-Day  was the start of Allied operations in World War II that would liberate Western Europe and defeat Nazi Germany 11 months later. ...
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Invocation of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism to Investigate Mounting Reports of Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations by Russia

Invocation of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism to Investigate Mounting Reports of Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations by Russia in Ukraine PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON With Ukraine’s assent, the United States and 44 other countries have invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism a second time since the start of Russia’s further invasion ...
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One Hundred Days of the Kremlin’s War Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE In the one hundred days since Russian President Putin ordered his forces to further invade Ukraine, the world has seen the courage and determination of the people of Ukraine as they fight for their country. Since February 24, the United States has provided more than 6.3 billion ...
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Marking 100 days of Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine

As Vladimir Putin’s war reaches its 100th day, the United States and partners remain united with the people and government of Ukraine. Since the Kremlin launched its full-scale invasion February 24, the U.S. government and the American people have shown  solidarity with Ukraine . Here are a few ways. Supporting the people of Ukraine The U.S. government has ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg At a Joint Press Availability

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning, everyone.  It is a pleasure to welcome the NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, Jens, my friend and colleague, back here to the State Department and to Washington.  We’ve seen each other quite a bit over the last 15 months, mostly in Brussels.  In fact, we did a little calculation, and it turns out ...
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Voices of Ukraine: Andriy

By Michael Laff This is part of a series of articles highlighting the costs of President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. We conducted our interviews with Andriy before and after Russia’s military launched its full-scale war on February 24. In February 2014, armed forces of the Russian Federation seized Crimea and occupied it by force. A month ...
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United States Targets the DPRK’s Ballistic Missile and Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK’s) series of escalatory ballistic missile launches – including six intercontinental ballistic missile tests this year alone – are in blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions and pose a grave threat to regional stability and international peace and security. Today, the United ...
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Launch of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States, along with the European Union and the United Kingdom, has created the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA).  This joint initiative will directly support the efforts of the War Crimes Units of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (OPG) to document, preserve, and ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to follow up on their May 15 meeting in Berlin.  The two leaders discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts to address the consequences of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine and to hold ...
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Russian-speaking communities in New York rally for Ukraine

Walk the streets of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Queens and other areas in New York City and you’ll likely see signs in Russian and English, along with plenty of support for Ukraine. New York City is home to  600,000  Russian-speaking immigrants, the most of any U.S. city. And many here — as well as others in communities ...
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U.S. Delegation on Atrocity Prevention and Response to Travel to The Hague

A U.S. delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Anne A. Witkowsky, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack, and Bureau of International Organization Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary Allison Lombardo will travel to The Hague, the Netherlands, from May 22 to 25, 2022. In The Hague, the U.S. delegation ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Colonna

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna to congratulate her on her appointment and discuss some of the pressing global issues the United States and France are confronting together. The Secretary and Foreign Minister Colonna agreed ...
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Statement by President Joe Biden on Senate Passage of Ukraine Supplemental

I applaud the Congress for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom. The resources that I requested will allow us to send even more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, replenish our own stockpile, and support U.S. troops stationed on NATO territory. ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today in New York City with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss President Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine and its devastating effects on global food security. They discussed the Secretary-General’s visit in April to Kyiv and Moscow, noted concerns regarding ...
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$100 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE For nearly 12 weeks, Russia has waged its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and its people.  Beaten back from its failed attempt to seize Kyiv, Russia continues a grinding offensive across Ukraine’s south and east.  Ukraine’s courageous defense forces remain firmly in the ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Roundtable on Humanitarian Assistance in Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE LOTTE THE PALACE NEW YORK NEW YORK, NEW YORK SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Liz, thank you.  Thank you for those truly overly generous words.  But the one part of that that’s true is that we’ve had a relationship going back many, many years (inaudible).  It’s something that I’ve had the opportunity ...
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U.S. rushes humanitarian aid to Ukraine

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. government has provided more than  $688 million in humanitarian assistance  to help the people of Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began on February 24. The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 7.7 million people within  Ukraine  and forced more than  6 million  to flee to neighboring countries. This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International ...
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Joint Statement on the Meeting of Secretary Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement released by the Governments of the United States and Turkey. Begin text:  U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu met in New York on May 18 within the framework of the U.S.-Turkey Strategic Mechanism to reaffirm their strong cooperation ...
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Food insecurity made worse by Putin’s war, not sanctions

Russia’s attack on Ukraine  jeopardizes the world’s food supply. Vladimir Putin’s war of choice is hindering Ukraine’s harvests, which typically feed millions. Russian military forces have bombed fields, damaged grain silos, attacked merchant ships in the Black Sea, and destroyed the roads and railways that allow Ukraine to export its agricultural goods worldwide. And yet Putin blames U.S. and ...
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U.S. supports countries amid Putin’s food crisis

By Leigh Hartman Russia’s war in Ukraine has resulted in more than 5.7 million refugees fleeing Ukraine into neighboring countries while an estimated 7.7 million people are internally displaced in the country, according to the U.N. A major consequence of this war is that, while Russian President Vladimir Putin destroys farms in Ukraine, people around the world ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  It’s a great pleasure to be back in Europe to continue intensive coordination with allies and partners on some of the most urgent issues facing our countries, and that begins with today’s NATO meetings.  And I want to especially thank Secretary General Stoltenberg for his leadership, the deputy secretary general of NATO, ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regarding the NATO Foreign Ministerial taking place in Berlin May 14-15. They deplored President Putin’s ruinous war in Ukraine, reiterated their support for the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and discussed ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War Against Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the ...
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GEC Report on Kremlin’s Disinformation Campaigns on Chemical Weapons

“There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.” JOSEPH ...
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Pacific countries stand with Ukraine

By  Leigh Hartman Pacific nations, large and small, are rallying to support Ukraine. They have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars of humanitarian and military aid for Ukraine following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s  unprovoked and unjustified war . “War and conflict benefits no one and leads to widespread suffering,” Timor-Leste Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Juliao da Silva said ...
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The Russian Federation’s Ongoing Aggression Against Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter to the Permanent Council, Vienna May 12, 2022 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As we mark 11 weeks of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, the Kremlin’s war aims are coming into sharper relief.  While the Kremlin has clearly failed in its efforts to subjugate the entire Ukrainian nation and take ...
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Attribution of Russia’s Malicious Cyber Activity Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is joining with allies and partners to condemn Russia’s destructive cyber activities against Ukraine.  In the months leading up to and after Russia’s illegal further invasion began, Ukraine experienced a series of disruptive cyber operations, including website defacements, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and cyber ...
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Faces of Kremlin propaganda: Dimitri Peskov

This article is part of a series describing major players in the Russian government’s disinformation campaigns. You also can learn about broadcaster  Vladimir Solovyov . Dimitri Peskov  lives a life of luxury beyond his means as a civil servant. That’s because he has served Russian President Vladimir Putin as deputy chief of staff and spokesman since 2008, spreading  disinformation  and ...
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FACT SHEET: United States and G7 Partners Impose Severe Costs for Putin’s War Against Ukraine

President Biden and G7 Leaders Meet with President Zelenskyy to Continue our Efforts to Support Ukraine and Build on our Unprecedented Sanctions and Export Controls Today, President Biden and G7 Leaders met with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reinforce our shared commitment to strengthen Ukraine’s position on the battlefield and at the negotiating table. Our ...
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Faces of Kremlin propaganda: Vladimir Solovyov

This article is part of a series describing major players in the Russian government’s disinformation campaigns.  Once a critic of Kremlin policies, broadcaster  Vladimir Solovyov now shills for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies. An uncritical Putin supporter, Solovyov uses his television platform to spread Russian government  propaganda  and  disinformation . Although Solovyov previously enjoyed the reputation of an independent journalist, his ...
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Countries expel Russian diplomats in protest over Ukraine

Nations are sending a loud message in response to Russia’s February full-scale invasion of Ukraine: They’re ordering Russian officials to leave. An estimated 400 Russian diplomatic officials were  expelled from Europe  since the invasion, according to Foreign Policy magazine. Among NATO members, at least 24 out of 30 member states asked Russian officials to leave. Casting out diplomats is just ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to follow up on their April 24 meeting in Kyiv.  The Secretary emphasized the United States’ robust support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s brutal aggression.   The Secretary ...
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Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Bilateral Meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Biden looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy to the White House on May 10, 2022.  The visit will reaffirm the deep bonds of friendship and strong partnership between the United States and Italy.  The leaders will discuss their ongoing coordination with Allies and partners on measures to support of the people ...
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Russia uses conscript soldiers for war in Ukraine

In its brutal war against  Ukraine , Russia relies on conscript soldiers who are often unaware of their assignments and inadequately trained for combat, independent media reports indicate. Vladimir Putin insisted on several occasions that only professional soldiers and officers were involved in Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine and that conscripts would not be used. ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly to discuss our close coordination on security and democracy issues around the world.  Secretary Blinken noted the United States’ appreciation for Canada’s many commitments in response to Putin’s unprovoked, brutal war in ...
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Putin’s war sends global food prices skyrocketing

By Leigh Hartman Russian President Vladimir Putin’s  war in Ukraine  is contributing to rising food prices and threatening food supplies around the world. In Ukraine, Russia’s forces have destroyed farms,  bombed warehouses , ruined fields, and seized tractors and other equipment for fortifications, according to news reports.  Land mines have forced Ukrainians to abandon their farms, and a Russian Navy blockade of Ukrainian Black ...
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Decades after Chornobyl disaster, Ukrainians defend nuclear sites

An explosion at the  Chornobyl  nuclear power plant April 26, 1986, killed 30 people within weeks and exposed millions to radiation. Yet the actions of brave Ukrainians in the days after the world’s worst nuclear disaster prevented even greater consequences. Thirty-six years later — as the United Nations marks  International Chornobyl Disaster Remembrance Day  on April 26 — Ukrainians are being ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Council Bernard

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today with Frédéric Bernard, head of cabinet of the President of the European Council, in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Secretary Sherman welcomed the EU’s strong financial, humanitarian, and military support to Ukraine and the unprecedented U.S.- EU and transatlantic unity in ...
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The Secretary’s Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Washington D.C.  The Secretary expressed the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reinforced our determination to help Ukraine successfully defend itself against Russia’s brutal and unjustified war of aggression.  He ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THOMAS JEFFERSON ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a pleasure to welcome Ukraine’s prime minister here to the State Department after a couple of days in Washington, most notably with President Biden.  I had a chance to visit with the prime minister before Russia’s aggression ...
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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Russia and Belarus and Taking Action Against Sanctions Evaders

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, conducted with the complicity of the Lukashenka regime, continues to cause needless suffering and thousands of civilian casualties.  The world has witnessed the horrors of this war in the images from the Ukrainian towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, and in ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with NATO Permanent Representatives

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today in Brussels with NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană and NATO Permanent Representatives.  Deputy Secretary Sherman discussed continued strong coordination at NATO to ensure robust deterrence and defense, and shared U.S. priorities for NATO’s next Strategic Concept, which ...
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Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine reminiscent of Nazi Germany during WWII

Russia’s relentless bombing of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol has killed an estimated  10,000 civilians  and continues to deprive hundreds of thousands of food, water, electricity and shelter. Amid the rubble, many residents can’t leave and relief organizations can’t enter the besieged city because of Russia’s constant shelling. Some 90% of Mariupol’s buildings have been damaged ...
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U.S. spotlights human rights abuses worldwide

By Leigh Hartman When governments flout democracy and the rule of law, human rights are in danger. Nowhere is that clearer than in the Russian government’s war against Ukraine, where the troops of President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime have committed widespread atrocities, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said April 12, when announcing the release of the U.S. ...
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$800 Million in Additional U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Against tremendous odds, with extraordinary courage, and in the face of Russia’s relentless brutality against civilians, Ukraine’s forces are regaining ground, as Russian forces retreat from Kyiv and the surrounding region.  Still, Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, unjustified, and brutal war against Ukraine is far from over.  Russia is ...
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Analyzing a fake Kremlin video used to justify war with Ukraine

The Kremlin is claiming the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Ukraine — documented by satellite imagery — were a provocation staged by the West. Here’s what a staged provocation really looks like. Evidence suggests Russia used a staged incident to justify its full-scale further invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The Kremlin has ...
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Putin’s poisons: 2018 attack on Sergei Skripal

This article is part of a series describing how the Russian government and Vladimir Putin conceal their or their allies’ involvement in chemical attacks on civilians worldwide. In March 2018, Sergei Skripal, a British citizen who used to work as a Russian intelligence officer, and his daughter, Yulia, nearly died after coming into contact with ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Press Availability at the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS BRUSSELS, BELGIUM SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good evening, everyone. Two weeks after my last trip here with President Biden, we’re back in Brussels as part of this administration’s ongoing and urgent efforts with allies and partners to counter the Russian Government’s war of aggression in Ukraine and to stand up for the principles necessary ...
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Russia’s Suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE By suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, countries around the world chose to hold Moscow to account today for gross and systematic violations of human rights in its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war of choice against Ukraine.  We have seen growing evidence of Russia’s brutal disregard for international law and human rights in Ukraine, most notably ...
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U.S. and Ukrainian performers support Ukraine at Grammy Awards

By Noelani Kirschner Three Ukrainian performers wearing the blue and yellow of Ukraine’s flag joined U.S. artist John Legend during the 64th Grammy Awards on April 3 in Las Vegas. Ukrainian American musician Siuzanna Iglidan and singer Mika Newton — whose sister is serving in the Ukrainian army — accompanied Legend on a newly released song that ...
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FACT SHEET: United States and Allies and Partners Impose Additional Costs on Russia

United States sanctions over 400 Russian elites, Duma members, and defense companies in coordination with the European Union and G7; U.S. has now sanctioned over 600 targets G7 and EU announce sanctions evasion initiative to prevent circumvention and backfilling of our unprecedented sanctions; continue to blunt Central Bank of the Russian Federation’s ability to deploy ...
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G7 Leaders’ Statement

We, the Leaders of the G7, met today in Brussels at the invitation of the German G7 Presidency, to further strengthen our cooperation in light of Russia’s unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal aggression and President Putin’s war of choice against independent and sovereign Ukraine. We will stand with the government and people of Ukraine. We are ...
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Joint Statement by President Biden and President von der Leyen

We are united in our condemnation of Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who are bravely defending their homeland, and we call on Russia to end the brutal onslaught against its neighbor.  We are united in our support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  ...
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Remarks by President Biden and European Council President Charles Michel Upon Arrival at the European Council

Europa Building Brussels, Belgium 7:19 P.M. CET PRESIDENT MICHEL:  We are very pleased, dear President, dear Joe, to welcome you again in Brussels.  Your presence here and your participation in this European Council meeting is a very strong signal. Our unity is rock solid, and we are very, very pleased to coordinate, to cooperate with ...
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War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Since launching his unprovoked and unjust war of choice, Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed unrelenting violence that has caused death and destruction across Ukraine.  We’ve seen numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities.  Russia’s forces have destroyed ...
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Americans’ generosity helps Ukrainian refugees

From medicine to diapers to a place to stay, U.S. groups are on the front lines aiding Ukrainians fleeing from Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked, brutal war. Americans have offered an outpouring of  support for Ukraine  as Europe endures one of its greatest refugee crises since World War II. The Russian military’s constant bombing of Ukrainian homes and communities has ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA Political Director Tjorven Bellmann, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly. Deputy Secretary Sherman condemned President Putin’s increasingly brutal ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Rau discussed continued international efforts to support Ukraine and to respond to the devastating humanitarian crisis caused by Putin’s premeditated, unjustified, and unprovoked ...
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Aleksey Navalny Unjustly Convicted Again

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We condemn Russian authorities’ politically-motivated conviction and sentencing of opposition leader Aleksey Navalny on additional spurious charges to nine more years in a high security prison. This outlandish prison term is a continuation of the Kremlin’s years-long assault on Navalny and on his movement for government transparency and accountability. Of course, Navalny’s true crime in ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with European External Action Service Secretary General Sannino

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman spoke today with European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino to continue close U.S.-EU coordination to support Ukraine and hold the Russian Federation accountable for Putin’s unprovoked war and unconscionable attacks that continue to kill civilians in Ukraine. They also affirmed their ...
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Real news site or Russian propaganda?

At first glance, News Front looks like a legitimate news website. It’s not. It’s a Crimea-based propaganda outlet with links to the Federal Security Service, a Russian intelligence agency. In its campaign to undermine Ukraine, democracy and free elections, the Kremlin creates websites like News Front that masquerade as independent news sites to spread  disinformation . ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Secretary reiterated robust U.S. support for the people of Ukraine through security, humanitarian, and economic assistance.  Secretary Blinken and ...
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How to tell fact from fiction online – even in wartime

When a country controls media outlets and spreads  disinformation as state policy, as the government of Russia does, what passes as “news” is often distorted. With millions of people sharing information online, often in real time, about Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war against  Ukraine , it can be hard to tell what is true. That is especially true since the ...
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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is providing over $186 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support internally displaced persons and the more than three million refugees affected by Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war in Ukraine.  This will provide further support for humanitarian organizations responding to the crisis and ...
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Briefing with Senior Administration Officials on the U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Response to Russia’s Further Invasion of Ukraine

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON VIA TELECONFERENCE MODERATOR:  Thank you, Ryan, and thank you, everyone, for joining us this afternoon for this briefing on the U.S. humanitarian assistance response to Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine. Here at the top, before we get started, I would like to remind everyone that this briefing is on background with attribution to senior administration officials, ...
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Russia’s media crackdown hides war in Ukraine

While state-controlled media bombard audiences with disinformation about Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, the Kremlin is intensifying its crackdown on  independent media to prevent the truth from reaching the Russian public. New restrictions from the Kremlin have forced most, if not all, independent media outlets in Russia — both domestic and foreign — to shut down or suspend ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.  Secretary Blinken reaffirmed U.S. support for Ukraine in the face of President Putin’s continued war against Ukraine.  The Secretary expressed his deep appreciation for the strong support of Prime Minister Plenkovic and his ...
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Vice President Harris calls U.S. commitment to NATO ‘ironclad’

Vice President Harris reiterated America’s steadfast commitment to the NATO alliance in the face of Russia’s unjustified and brutal  war against Ukraine . In a March 9–11 trip to Poland and Romania, the vice president also announced an additional nearly  $53 million in new U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the millions fleeing from Russia’s bombing of schools, hospitals and homes throughout Ukraine. “You are not ...
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U.S. companies mobilize to support Ukraine

By Noelani Kirschner  Mar 14, 2022 As the  world denounces  Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, the private sector in the United States is showing its support for Ukraine in a number of ways. U.S. tech company Microsoft detected a Russian malware alert in Ukraine on the eve of the Russian government’s invasion. Within hours, protective code was shared ...
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Disarming Disinformation: Our Shared Responsibility

“There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.” JOSEPH ...
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Slovenia – U.S. Strategic Dialogue Joint Statement

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement by the Governments of Slovenia and the United States of America. Begin text: The Governments of Slovenia and the United States held the second session of the Slovenia-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in Ljubljana on March 14, 2022.  The dialogue was led by Political Director Jernej ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly. The participants discussed further measures to hold ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer continued support to the people and government of Ukraine and to condemn the Russian Federation’s ongoing attacks on Ukrainian cities, which have caused increasing civilian deaths. Secretary Blinken and ...
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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The people of Ukraine are inspiring the world as they defend their country from Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified invasion of their country. The United States and our Allies and partners stand in solidarity with the people and government of Ukraine in the face of the Kremlin’s ...
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Continuing to Hold the Kremlin to Account

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE With our allies and partners, the United States is committed to ensuring the Government of the Russian Federation pays a severe economic and diplomatic price for its invasion of Ukraine. We have continued to do so today with additional actions, which President Biden announced. Specifically, the Administration ...
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Remarks by President Biden Announcing Actions to Continue to Hold Russia Accountable

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  I’m sorry to keep you waiting.  I’ve just spoken for some time with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. I told him, as I have each and every time we’ve spoken, the United States stands with the people of Ukraine and their bravely — as they bravely fight to defend their country.  And ...
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Voices of Ukraine: Stanislav

This is part of a series of articles highlighting the costs of Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. This interview took place before the Russian military further invaded Ukraine on February 24. Stanislav remembers when the Russian military invaded the Donbas region of  Ukraine in 2014 and took control of the city of Donetsk. He was 24 ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. They discussed coordinated efforts to provide additional security assistance and humanitarian support to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated invasion and, in particular, its unconscionable attacks harming ...
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Statement on Russia’s War on Ukraine & International Sport

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was agreed upon by the ministers of sport or their equivalent from the countries and individuals listed at the bottom of the statement. Begin text: Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war of choice against Ukraine, enabled by the Belarusian government, is abhorrent and a flagrant breach of its ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French President Macron

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Secretary Blinken and President Macron agreed on the need for continued strong U.S.-France cooperation in the face of the Russian government’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. They discussed ongoing efforts to provide ...
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Voices of Ukraine: Nataliya

This is part of a series of articles highlighting the costs of Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. This interview took place before the Russian military further invaded Ukraine on February 24. For the last seven years, Nataliya has helped her fellow Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes when Russia invaded in 2014. Nataliya and her ...
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Overwhelming majority of nations demand Putin end war in Ukraine

Nations around the world are denouncing the Russian government’s unprovoked and unconscionable war against Ukraine. On March 2, in a rare emergency session, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine and demand that Moscow immediately end its military operations in Ukraine. “This extraordinary move by the United Nations demonstrates ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer continued support to the people and government of Ukraine and to condemn Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian cities and mounting civilian deaths.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Kuleba discussed ongoing ...
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Secretary Blinken’ Joint Press Availability With Moldovan President Maia Sandu

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THE PRESIDENCY CHISINAU, MOLDOVA MODERATOR:  (Via interpreter)  Dear President Maia Sandu, dear Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony Blinken, we start off the briefing organized on the occasion – on the visit occasion of Mr. Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America.  ...
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World isolates Putin’s regime after Ukraine invasion

Countries worldwide are taking action to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from continuing his war in Ukraine. More than  30 countries have announced strong sanctions and export controls targeting Russia, presenting a united front against Russia’s aggression. The United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Commission are among ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Georgian President Zourabichvili

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili about the global response to the Russian government’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine and about Russia’s continuing occupation of Georgia. The Secretary expressed appreciation for the people of Georgia and President Zourabichvili’s ...
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U.S. increases emergency aid to Ukraine

In recent days, the Russian military has bombed schools, hospitals, homes and even a Holocaust memorial in Ukraine, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their communities for safer regions. To help Ukrainians affected by Russia’s further invasion, the United States will provide nearly  $54 million in additional humanitarian assistance . The additional humanitarian assistance, through the U.S. Department of State and  the U.S. Agency for International Development , will ...
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Moscow Mechanism Invoked by 45 OSCE States to Review Reported Abuses by Russia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON With Ukraine’s agreement, the United States and 44 other countries have invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism.  This action will establish an expert mission to address our grave concerns regarding the humanitarian and human rights impacts on the people of Ukraine caused by Russia’s further invasion with the support of Belarus.  We ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. They discussed the remarkable resolve and actions taken by nations around the world to support the Government of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in the face of Putin’s war against Ukraine. They also ...
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FACT SHEET: The United States Continues to Impose Costs on Russia and Belarus for Putin’s War of Choice

Today, the United States, in coordination with Allies and partners, is imposing additional economic costs on Russia and Belarus in response to President Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. The United States will take actions to hold Belarus accountable for enabling Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, weaken the Russian defense sector and its military power for years ...
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Ukraine’s Filing Against Russia at the International Court of Justice

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On February 26, 2022, Ukraine filed an application at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to initiate proceedings against the Russian Federation under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Ukraine seeks to address Russia’s groundless claims that genocide has occurred in the Luhansk and Donetsk ...
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Treasury Prohibits Transactions with Central Bank of Russia and Imposes Sanctions on Key Sources of Russia’s Wealth

In Coordination with Allies and Partners, Treasury Actions Restrict Access to Billions in Central Bank Assets and Sovereign Wealth Fund  Treasury Sanctions Russian Direct Investment Fund – A Symbol of Russian Kleptocracy United States and its Partners and Allies Continue to Hold the Government of the Russian Federation Accountable for its Premeditated and Unprovoked Invasion ...
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Suspending Operations at U.S. Embassy Minsk and Change in Status for U.S. Embassy Moscow

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The U.S. Department of State has suspended operations at our Embassy in Minsk, Belarus and authorized the voluntary departure (“authorized departure”) of non-emergency employees and family members at our Embassy in Moscow, Russia. We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming from the unprovoked and unjustified ...
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer support and condemn reports of Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian cities and mounting civilian deaths.  The Secretary emphasized that the United States and its allies and partners are united and resolved to stand with ...
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Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin’s war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine. We stand with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist Russia’s invasion. Russia’s war represents an ...
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Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing

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FACT SHEET: Joined by Allies and Partners, the United States Imposes Devastating Costs on Russia

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Remarks by President Biden Announcing Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine

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Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Biden updated Foreign Minister Kuleba on the United States’ response to Russia’s decision to recognize the purported “independence” of the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine, including ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine.  The Secretary noted our swift response to Russia’s decision to recognize the purported “independence” of the so-called republics controlled by Russian proxy authorities in ...
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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Russian Announcement on Eastern Ukraine

We have anticipated a move like this from Russia and are ready to respond immediately. President Biden will soon issue an Executive Order that will prohibit new investment, trade, and financing by U.S. persons to, from, or in the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. This E.O. will also provide authority to impose sanctions ...
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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Biden strongly condemned Russian President Putin’s decision to purportedly recognize the “independence” of the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. He updated President Zelenskyy on the United ...
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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Macron of France and Chancellor Scholz of Germany

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany today about Russia’s ongoing escalation along the borders of Ukraine. The leaders strongly condemned President Putin’s decision to recognize the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine as “independent.” They discussed how they will continue to coordinate their response ...
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Executive Order on Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Continued Russian Efforts to Undermine th

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of ...
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Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate regarding the Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiti

Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Madam President:) Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the “order”) that expands the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014, and expanded by Executive Order 13661 of March 16, 2014, and Executive ...
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FACT SHEET: Executive Order to Impose Costs for President Putin’s Action to Recognize So-Called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order (E.O.) to respond to President Putin’s action to purportedly recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) as “independent” states. President Putin’s action contradicts Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, refutes Russia’s claimed commitment to diplomacy, and undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This E.O. ...
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Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki

As the President has repeatedly made clear, we are committed to pursuing diplomacy until the moment an invasion begins. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Lavrov are scheduled to meet later this week in Europe, provided Russia does not proceed with military action. President Biden accepted in principle a meeting with President Putin following that engagement, ...
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Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Briefings on Ukraine

President Biden continues to monitor the evolving situation in Ukraine, and is being updated regularly about events on the ground by his national security team. They reaffirmed that Russia could launch an attack against Ukraine at any time. This afternoon, the President received an update on the Vice President’s meetings at the Munich Security Conference with President ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia and Ukraine

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF MUNICH, GERMANY SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone.  It’s a particular pleasure to be able to spend some time with my good friend Jean-Yves Le Drian and for us to be able to compare notes on many different issues, the first of which, of course, is the ...
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Remarks by Vice President Harris at the Munich Security Conference

Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich, Germany 11:45 A.M. CEST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Good morning.  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  And to all of the very extraordinary leaders who are here today, I thank you for the kind introduction and your years of dedicated leadership.  And thank you also to Chancellor Scholz for your kind words. ...
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Remarks by Vice President Harris and President Zelenskyy Before Bilateral Meeting

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Stefan Kornelius of Süddeutsche Zeitung

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF MUNICH, GERMANY QUESTION:  And you’ve pretty much said so much over the past days that I’m not sure what we else can add, but let me start with after the President last night gave that shrill warning.  What’s left to prevent war? SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, I ...
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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MUNICH MARRIOTT HOTEL MUNICH, GERMANY QUESTION:  First of all, thank you so much, Mr. Secretary.  It’s a really important opportunity to us.  And the first question is about the war, actually.  President Biden has mentioned that Vladimir Putin has already made a decision.  Also, we have heard that Defense ...
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Background Press Briefing on the Vice President’s Events in Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany AIDE:  (Inaudible) on background with a senior administration official, and embargoed until the end of the conversation.  And it’s just going to be [senior administration official]. Q    This conversation. AIDE:  Embargoed until the end of this conversation, on background with a senior administration official. So, [senior administration official] will give some opening thoughts ...
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Blinken warns of Russia’s threat to Ukraine in U.N. speech

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russia to reject the “path of war” and withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s borders. “As we meet today the most immediate threat to peace and security is Russia’s looming aggression against  Ukraine, ” the secretary said February 17 at the U.N. Security Council in New York. The secretary said evidence of ...
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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Draghi of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy. The leaders reviewed ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. They reaffirmed their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and their readiness to impose severe economic costs on Russia if it further invades Ukraine.
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Estonian Foreign Minister Liimets

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Russia’s Threat to Peace and Security at the UN Security Council

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UN HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Mr. President, this council was convened today to discuss the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, a goal that we all share, despite Russia’s persistent violations.  These agreements, which were negotiated in 2014 and 2015 and signed by Russia, remain the ...
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The Kremlin’s disinformation tactics: Media manipulation [video]

Kremlin officials and Russian media are using disinformation to falsely portray  Ukraine  as an aggressor, even as Moscow masses troops at the border and threatens war. Unchecked, this  disinformation  may migrate globally into mainstream media and influence foreign audiences. Learn more about  disarming disinformation .
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Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany

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Background Press Call Previewing the Vice President’s Trip to Munich, Germany

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Russia’s ‘barbaric treatment’ of Ukrainian cultural sites

Russia continues an aggressive campaign that aims to erase Ukraine’s cultural heritage. Removing artifacts, demolishing grave sites and shuttering churches are among the tactics Russia has been using since 2014 when it invaded Ukraine, occupied Crimea and instigated conflict in areas of the Donbas region. The aim is to establish control over Ukraine and rewrite ...
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Online Press Briefing with Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

AMBASSADOR JULIANNE SMITH, U.S. PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO) Moderator:  Good afternoon.  I would like to welcome everyone joining us for today’s virtual press briefing.  Today we are very honored to be joined by Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. With that, let’s get started.  Ambassador ...
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Remarks by President Biden Providing an Update on Russia and Ukraine

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Polish Head of the International Policy Bureau Kumoch

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian and UK Counterparts

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General François Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa and North America James Cleverly. Participants discussed their ongoing ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to continue to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis Moscow has precipitated. He stated that the United States looks forward to receiving Russia’s written response to ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Sonia Dridi of France 24

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION: (Via translation)  Thank you again, Mr. Secretary, for this interview, as you have just held a ministerial meeting to coordinate global efforts in the fight against COVID.  Why hold such a meeting at this time?  What are the concerns?  What commitments were made by the United States ...
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OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Rama celebrated the 100th anniversary of U.S.-Albanian diplomatic relations and the Secretary praised Albania’s continued tradition of providing safe harbor to those in need by ...
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Operations at U.S. Embassy Kyiv

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I have no higher priority than the safety and security of Americans around the world, and that, of course, includes our colleagues serving at our posts overseas. My team and I constantly review the security situation to determine when prudence dictates a change in posture. With that in mind, ...
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U.S. Action to Strengthen Ukraine’s Economy

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on the President’s Call with Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about Russia’s escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about continued coordination of the Transatlantic response to ongoing Russian threats against Ukraine. Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to close cooperation and consultation with Allies and partners. He underscored the U.S. ...
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Americans honor Ukrainian poet Shevchenko

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa, and North America James Cleverly.  Deputy Secretary Sherman reaffirmed the ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. They discussed their shared concern about Russia’s build-up of forces along Ukraine’s border, and underscored their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They discussed the readiness of the U.S. and NATO to continue engaging in dialogue with Russia to find a diplomatic ...
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Ukrainian Americans show support for Ukraine

Ukrainian Americans continue to express solidarity with family and friends in their native homeland. They worry amid threats of another Russian invasion. “We stand with Ukraine and against Russian aggression against a sovereign nation,” Ihor Diaczun, president of the Illinois Division of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America,  said during a December rally  in Chicago. “Our rally rejects the  Russian lies and disinformation .” ...
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Crisis in Ukraine: Humanitarian costs

Ukraine is grappling with significant humanitarian needs. The buildup of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine has escalated tensions worldwide, but parts of Ukraine have suffered mightily since 2014. Thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals have been destroyed since Russian-led forces invaded Ukraine , seized Crimea, and instigated conflict  in the Donbas region. More than 14,000 people have ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Romanian Foreign Minister Aurescu

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu today. Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Aurescu reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Romania Strategic Partnership in addressing common threats and challenges, particularly in the face of Russian aggression on NATO’s eastern flank. The ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Bulgarian Prime Minister Petkov

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke with Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov today.  The Deputy Secretary and Prime Minister reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Bulgaria.  The Deputy Secretary congratulated the Prime Minister on the recent announcement that the Organization for Economic Cooperation ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian and UK Counterparts

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Truth vs. Lies: Chemical Weapons

Russia is intentionally spreading outright falsehoods in an attempt to create a pretext for military action. The Russian government claims that the United States has planned chemical weapons attacks in the Donbas, which is a lie. The United States does not use chemical weapons and is a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, as is ...
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Russia’s one-sided reporting and blatant disinformation

In democracies,  independent media  are free to publish accurate stories that inform the public — without editorial control by the government. That’s not how Russia’s state-run media operate. Instead, the Kremlin directs media outlets to  publish and amplify information  and stories that support the government’s policies. RT (formerly Russia Today) and Sputnik are Russia’s primary media outlets that produce pro-Kremlin content ...
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Blinken pledges support for Ukraine during trip to Europe

The United States and  European allies  continue to emphasize diplomacy as the solution to the crisis in Ukraine as Russia escalates tensions with an unprovoked military buildup on Ukraine’s border. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled January 18–21 to Kyiv, Ukraine; Berlin and Geneva to discuss ongoing efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine. “We’ve ...
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Readout of President Biden’s Video Call with European Leaders on Russia and Ukraine

President Biden held a secure video call with European leaders today. They reiterated their continued concern about the Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and expressed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leaders underscored their shared desire for a diplomatic resolution to the current tensions and reviewed recent engagements with Russia in multiple formats. ...
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How Russia conducts false flag operations

By Leigh Hartman Why would the Russian Federation send soldiers in disguise to lead protests in another country? Or order its troops to attack partners of Russia? Russia has long conducted such “false flag” operations to portray itself or its partners as victims, evade responsibility, sow confusion and create a pretext for war. In 2008, Russia sent ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Dana Bash of CNN State of the Union

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION:  Joining me now to talk about all this is Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  Thank you so much for joining me.  Let’s start with that new British intelligence that the Russian Government is planning to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine.  Does the U.S. agree with that view? SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, Dana, ...
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INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION:  Secretary of State Antony Blinken is just back from consultations with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and he joins us this morning from the State Department.  Good morning.  Mr. Secretary, these all look like signs of escalation. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, there is a path of diplomacy and dialogue, which is clearly the ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Chuck Todd of NBC Meet the Press

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Russia’s leaders use state media as a political weapon

State-controlled media in Russia routinely hide the truth, but they don’t hide their support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies. Rather than inform the public and hold the government accountable, broadcasting outlets in Russia offer a pro-Kremlin version of the news. When foreign media coverage of Russian leaders or their policies is unfavorable, Russian state-media ...
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Russia targets Ukraine with disinformation campaign

For years, Russian state-funded and state-directed media outlets have promoted false and  provocative stories  about Ukraine. They do this to influence opinion. They portray Ukraine’s government as an instigator of violence, even against its own civilians. In April 2021, one Russian media outlet reported that a young boy was killed in the eastern Donbas region by a ...
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Taking Action to Expose and Disrupt Russia’s Destabilization Campaign in Ukraine

Press Statement January 20, 2022 In advance of a potential further invasion of Ukraine, Russian intelligence services, mainly the Federal Security Service (FSB), a U.S. sanctioned entity, have been recruiting Ukrainian nationals in key positions to gain access to sensitive information.  The FSB leverages these officials in an attempt to create instability in Ukraine.  In ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken “The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond”

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, and North America James Cleverly, who represented their ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman to Hold a Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

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America’s steadfast support for Ukraine, European security

While Russia’s President Vladimir Putin continues to take an aggressive posture against Ukraine, the United States and its allies are calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. “President Biden has made absolutely clear to President Putin: When it comes to questions of European security, there is going to be nothing about Europe without Europe, ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with the EU Political and Security Committee

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with ambassadors from the EU’s Political and Security Committee today in Brussels to discuss Russia’s unprovoked military build-up along Ukraine’s border and to provide a readout of the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, which was held yesterday in Geneva.  The meeting underscored ...
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“We are absolutely committed to the principle nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine, just as we are fully committed to the principle nothing about Europe without Europe.” Secretary of State Tony Blinken, January 7, 2022 The United States, along with its Allies and partners, has underscored its readiness to impose significant costs on Russia if it ...
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Briefing with Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman on the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue

WENDY R. SHERMAN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE MR PRICE:  Good morning, for those of you in the United States.  Good afternoon, for those of you in Europe.  Thank you for joining this press call regarding our diplomacy in pursuit of a de-escalation with Russia.  As you know, this is an on-the-record press call with Deputy Secretary ...
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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov today in Geneva. Deputy Secretary Sherman was accompanied by Lt. Gen. James Mingus, Director of Operations, Joint Staff, and Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Defense Col. Gen. Aleksandr ...
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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on Russia

1:11 P.M. EST MODERATOR:  Hi, everyone.  Good afternoon.  And thanks for joining us on a Saturday. Today’s call will be on background, attributed to a “senior administration official,” and the contents will be embargoed upon [until] conclusion. For your information only, the speaker today is going to be [senior administration official].  Over to you for some opening comments. ...
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U.S., NATO allies strengthen trans-Atlantic bond

By Michael Laff The U.S. and NATO stand united in the face of global aggression, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a November 30–December 2 trip to Europe. “It’s critical to our security,” Blinken said about NATO during the alliance’s ministerial in Riga, Latvia. “It’s built on shared values. It’s a  powerful force for stability  in Europe and North America.” ...
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Working to keep the world safe from nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat. To confront that threat, the United States is committed to working with other nations to prevent nuclear war and strengthen the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In a  January 3 joint statement , the United States and the other NPT nuclear-weapon states called efforts to avoid war and reduce strategic risks “foremost responsibilities,” ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at a Joint Press Availability

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon.  Foreign Minister Baerbock, we had a terrific first meeting in Liverpool and it’s really a pleasure to welcome you to Washington, to the United States for the first time in your new role as foreign minister. We know that the close relationship between Germany and ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders. The two discussed efforts to peacefully resolve the ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today to discuss their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up on the borders of Ukraine. They discussed NATO’s dual-track approach to Russia, noting the Alliance remains ready for meaningful dialogue with Russia while standing united to defend and ...
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Welcoming the Ceasefire in Donbas

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes yesterday’s OSCE announcement regarding the “strong determination” of Ukrainian government forces and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine to fully adhere to the Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire agreement of July 22, 2020.  We hope the resultant peace will create the diplomatic space necessary to de-escalate regional tensions ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia and Ukraine

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text:  We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United ...
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U.S., NATO allies strengthen trans-Atlantic bond

By Michael Laff The U.S. and NATO stand united in the face of global aggression, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a November 30–December 2 trip to Europe. “It’s critical to our security,” Blinken said about NATO during the alliance’s ministerial in Riga, Latvia. “It’s built on shared values. It’s a  powerful force for stability  in Europe and North America.” ...
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Cybersecurity and you: Upgrade your skills with free courses

Want to protect yourself and your business like a Fortune 500 company? Now you can. Some of the biggest international companies offer free cybersecurity training to the public. People at every skill level have access to an array of courses, including: For anyone:  Amazon’s Cybersecurity Awareness training  program, which is designed to teach all computer users basic cybersecurity skills, ...
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Russia Conducts Destructive Anti-Satellite Missile Test

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On November 15, 2021, the Russian Federation recklessly conducted a destructive test of a direct-ascent anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites. This test has so far generated over fifteen hundred pieces of trackable orbital debris and will likely generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of ...
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On Russia’s Obstructionism at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, the premier human rights conference of the Europe-Eurasia region should have opened in Warsaw, Poland.  Unfortunately, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) 2021 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) did not convene due to a decision by the Russian government to block the meeting. We deeply ...
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How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Harassment and censorship of independent media and government critics is common in the Russian Federation. A so-called “foreign agents” law, passed in 2012 and repeatedly expanded, allows the Justice Ministry to label groups or individuals “foreign agents,” exposing them to fines and harassment that stymie their work. In July, Russian authorities prosecuted  human rights advocate Semyon Simonov , who exposed ...
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U.S. calls on the Kremlin to end crackdown on press freedom

By  Leigh Hartman Russian authorities raided student magazine Doxa on April 14, arresting four editors and ransacking their homes. The students’ alleged crime? Reporting on university administrators’ attempts to intimidate students protesting in support of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. The students’ arrest is the latest in the Kremlin’s ongoing crackdown on free and independent media ...
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Russia’s Intention To Restrict Navigation in Parts of the Black Sea

The United States expresses its deep concern over Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea, including near occupied Crimea and the Kerch Strait. Russia has a history of taking aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels and impeding access to Ukraine’s ports in the Sea of Azov, impacting ...
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Holding Russia To Account

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine’s Borders

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United ...
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Joint Statement on Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On March 18, 2021, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the extended “Troika” comprising representatives of ...
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Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism and ...
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U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.  As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers are noted below) after the 15-day Congressional ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and the growing threat from China. The Secretary reiterated ...
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On the Extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation. Today, the United States took the first step toward making good on that pledge when it extended the  New START Treaty  with the Russian Federation for five years. Extending the New START Treaty ensures we have verifiable ...
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The Sentencing of Russian Opposition Figure Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by Russian authorities’ decision to sentence opposition figure Aleksey Navalny to two years and eight months imprisonment, replacing his suspended sentence with jail time. Like every Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided in the Russian constitution, and Russia has international obligations to respect equality before the ...
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Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly selling, leasing, or providing to the Russian Federation goods, services, technology, information, or support for the construction of Russian ...
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Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities. Confident political leaders do not fear ...
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Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.  Derkach, ...
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Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in comments at the MED Dialogue, accused the United States of playing political games in the Mediterranean and stalling the appointment of a new UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya.  It’s unfortunate and unhelpful that Mr. Lavrov again gets the facts ...
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GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT (PDF)  (11.3 MB) The Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) is leading and coordinating efforts of the U.S. Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign propaganda and disinformation. In line with its congressional mandate, the GEC is releasing a special report that provides an overview of Russia’s disinformation and propaganda ecosystem. The report outlines the ...
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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle On the GEC Special Report: Pillars of Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem

SPECIAL BRIEFING LEA GABRIELLE, SPECIAL ENVOY AND COORDINATOR OF THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN: Hey, yeah, Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown here. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us for an on-the-record briefing by U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Engagement Center Lea Gabrielle. She joins us ...
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Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20)

Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State is publicly designating Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020.  This designation ...
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The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)

The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)   The United States is outraged by the decision of a Russian court today to convict U.S. citizen Paul Whelan after a secret trial, with secret evidence, and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses. We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of ...
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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you very much.  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining us early on this on-the-record briefing, which is embargoed, please, until the end of the call.  This is an update ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)   “They’re telling the world that they’re broke and they need relief from American sanctions, they need humanitarian assistance.  But we’ve offered humanitarian assistance, and the ayatollah and the kleptocrats, the theocrats that lead the Iranian regime today are still out spending money on things that don’t benefit ...
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United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 7)

The United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 7)   The State Department has designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) and members of its leadership as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, the first time in history the Department has designated a white supremacist terrorist group. As President Trump has said, “In one ...
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Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Amb. Sales On the U.S. Designation of Russian Imperial Movement And its Leaders as Global Terrorists

Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales On the United States Designation of the Russian Imperial Movement And its Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 6)   MS ORTAGUS:  Good morning, and thanks for joining this briefing.  Today, the State Department has announced the designation of Russian Imperial Movement, or RIM, and members of ...
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New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25)

New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is sanctioning 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).  This action includes new sanctions against five entities/individuals in China (Luo Dingwen, ...
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